Tue. Mar 5th, 2024

Monday of Week 2 – 1 Sam 15:16-23; Ps 49:8-9,16-17,21,23; Mark 2:18-21

We like frameworks, boundaries, clear rules. They give us a sense of security. They facilitate decision-making. Thanks to them, we can set off almost with our eyes closed. We confidently take steps and open new doors without fear. Destroying them may be catastrophic. Especially when one principle contradicts another.

Because why is it that one is allowed and not the other? Why was Saul rebuked and the disciples defended? Why was the former accused of rebelliousness and contempt, while the latter were justified by their closeness to the groom? Has God himself opened the gate to an ethics, called situationalism ?

Many questions, no answers. One thing is certain. God likes to surprise. Especially when we start walking along by memory. We replace love with routine. We value principles more than people. Forgetting that it is not the rules that give us a sense of security. But what constantly breaks us out of soulless habits – His presence. Always surprising. Just how young love can surprise you, eternally.

Jesus, thank You for being the source of my joy and making my life ever new with Your love.